A crash between three lorries on the M25 has forced its closure clockwise between Junction 13 at Staines and Junction 14 at Heathrow Airport, causing huge delays.
Highways England says it has recieved reports of a fuel spillage, and one lorry is said to have lost its trailer.
Heavy traffic is building up as three lanes out of four were forced to close, with Surrey Fire and Rescue crews on the scene.
One lorry is reported to have lost its trailer and Highways England has received reports of a fuel spillage.
Three lanes out of four have been closed due to the accident and heavy traffic is building up, with reports that the queues are as long as eight miles.
Delays are reported to be at least 90 minutes.
We will bring you more on this incident as it develops.
Road will ‘probably be closed overnight’
We have some bad news, Surrey Police is saying the road closure will “probably” remain in place overnight.
‘Consider alternative routes’
The statement continues:
Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys and strategic traffic travelling from farther afield may wish to consider alternative routes.
400-500 litres of diesel spilt
Highways England has released the following statement:
At approximately 2pm this afternoon a collision involving three HGVs occurred.
Circa 400 – 500 litres of diesel have been spilt across the carriageway. Our service providers are on scene to inspect and treat the spillage.
What we know so far
A major crash on the M25 closed the main carriageway, caused a huge fuel spillage and led to delays of 90 minutes on Wednesday afternoon (June 27).
Three lorries collided at Junction 13 near Staines at around 2pm spilling diesel across the entire clockwise carriageway.
Highways England initially closed three of the four lanes on the carriageway but at 2.45pm the agency closed the main carriageway, diverting motorists around the junction via slip roads.
The traffic map below shows how bad traffic is on the M25 and how far back the delays are reaching across Surrey.
Reasons to be cheerful and all that…
‘Recovery in progress’
Recovery of the vehicles is still ongoing and so the clean-up of the road hasn’t even started- avoid the area if you can.
Eight miles of traffic
Our traffic system, Inrix, is now telling us that there is queuing traffic for eight miles, more than two hours after the initial crash.
‘Huge never ending delays’
We can confirm the delays will end… but we’ll keep you updated as to how long it will take, it may be a while.
90 minute delays
The main carriageway at Junction 13 remains closed and traffic continues to build.
Traffic stretching a long way back
Congestion has now reached back to halfway between Junction 11 and Junction 10.
That’s about 7.5 miles, and it’s probably going to get worse as we get further into rush hour.
Closer image of the damage
Steve Taylor took this picture while passing the crash earlier. Three HGVs appear to have been involved, including one carrying a small tractor.
Queues to Junction 11
This is the traffic picture at Junction 11 now, after the crash at Junction 13 (the nearest carriageway is clockwise).
A passenger in a car on the opposite carriageway tweeted these photos of the damage.
You can just about see fuel spilling from the back of one of the lorries.
Here’s the traffic currently heading into junction 13.
And here it is further back at Junction 12.
CCTV of accident site
Traffic cameras show the lorries in the clockwise carriageway, one of which appears to have lost its trailer.
Junction 13 closed clockwise
Traffic is being diverted over the junction via slip roads. Expect very long delays.
Three lanes closed
Three lanes clockwise are closed to traffic, which has backed up to Junction 12 already.
Highways England stopped traffic on the clockwise carriageway in response to the crash.
A fuel spillage has also been reported, which could mean even longer delays as diesel can corrode tarmac.
Lorry crash on M25
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service reports three lorries have crashed at Junction 13 of the M25.
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